Port Washington has been my home since the late ’50s—more than half my life. I love the town. I almost feel like a Clam Digger. But I know I’m not. A “Clam Digger” is a name reserved for those born here when locals dug for clams.
How do I know? Because I asked an old friend, Reed Markham, who is a real fourth-generation Clam Digger. Markham lives and raised a family in a house on Jackson Street, built by his great-grandfather (mother’s side) Alfred C. Bayles as a wedding present for his son Alfred S. Bayles, PhD. (Reed’s grandfather and “Doc” Bayles to locals). Reed says he likes to tell people he owns the Long Island Rail Road. My eyes popped; he explained.
The behavior exhibited by Manorhaven Village Attorney Charles Casolaro at a recent public village board meeting was unprofessional and inappropriate. It was clear that he was attempting to use his position at the dais to intimidate a local resident and the newspaper into not printing any advertisement, letter or article that criticizes the work of the village board.
It is unusual for an un-elected village attorney to dominate a board meeting. Typically, mayors are elected to preside over their board and board meetings, but Mayor Giovanna Giunta spoke only a few words while Casolaro ran through all the agenda items and appeared to be conducting the meeting.
“Libraries in the Digital Age,” a recent report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project, found that 91 percent of Americans 16 or older say that public libraries are important to their communities, and 76 percent say libraries are important to them and their families.
I know that Port residents are probably reflected in this study, and that you too see the value of your library. It’s apparent to us that the availability of computers and Internet services is as fundamental to libraries as books and reference help, and we are committed to meeting and keeping up with the demands of our community. Going forward, this will be a priority in the increasingly digital information environment.
I watch television to relax. The trouble is, sometimes, it’s not so relaxing.
Take the police procedurals I watch. The officers go into a house or apartment, guns drawn, looking for someone. They sneak around checking closets, finding dead bodies, evidence, I-don’t-know-what-all… but the entire time, I can’t pay a scrap of attention, because I’m too busy shouting at them, “Shut the door! Close it behind you! How do you know they aren’t coming back?”
Let me hasten to say that no one envies the school board’s position as it relates to the upcoming teacher’s salary negotiation. All we have as a guide is the hindsight of the soon to be concluding five-year contract. Given that we are faced with the same conditions going forward, are we to expect the same results?
Were we to conclude similar contract terms in 2014 as we did in 2009, then in 2019 at the end of the contract, median teacher salaries would rise from its current $112,500 a year to one that will be in the $149,000 area. Average benefits would rise from $40,000 to $55,000. If the teacher census remains where it is now, teacher salaries alone will approximate $72 million plus contribution to benefits.
Once upon a time, there was a cobbler whose child ran around town without any shoes.
“Look at her,” one villager whispered to another. “Barefoot again! Is he such a workaholic he can’t make his own daughter one pair of shoes?”
“Maybe he’s lazy,” continued a third. “Or greedy, and wants to keep all the merchandise for himself.”
My beautiful wife Lorraine and I spent part of the holiday season in Las Vegas, Nevada. We visited Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, where we had the opportunity to meet many celebrities. I hope you enjoy some photos from these exciting meetings, and happy holidays!
This past week I received an anonymous letter castigating potential Manorhaven mayoral candidate Giovanna Giunta for not attending a meeting years ago about the then-proposed cell tower.
Why would a village resident be castigated for not attending a meeting that he or she didn’t schedule? A myriad of things could prevent attendance. And I’m writing this letter to comment on anonymous letters and the fact that they have no place in community politics, as they allow unbridled – and unfair – character attacks with no fear of retribution. As such, I feel they should be completely discounted.
I want to congratulate my friend, John DiLeo, on becoming mayor of the Village of Manorhaven. The village trustees made a wise decision by choosing John to fill the vacancy in this important office.
After months of discussion and careful consideration of the needs of the students and the community, the board of education has proposed a responsible budget in these trying times. The proposed 2.07 percent budget increase maintains our district’s quality educational programs and is within the tax cap.
And, after many discussions and inspections of our schools’ roofs, the board of education is proposing a much-needed $6.975 million bond. This bond will allow the district to install a new roof at Weber and sections of roofing at Schreiber, Guggenheim and Sousa. The district will borrow only the dollars it needs for this work, which will eliminate a danger to our entire community.
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